Hepatocellular Carcinoma

What is hepatocellular carcinoma?

Hepatocellular carcinoma is the second most common liver tumor affecting children.  While it can occur in children with underlying liver disease, it most often occurs during adolescence in children with completely healthy livers.

Hepatocellular carcinoma may occur in multiple places within your child’s liver. Cancer cells can also spread (metastasize) to other areas of your child’s body. 

Our approach to hepatocellular carcinoma at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

Children with hepatocellular carcinoma are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Liver Tumor Program. Our experienced pediatric liver cancer oncologists, surgeons and pathologists  use sophisticated technology and therapies to maximize outcomes for children.

Visit the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s website for in-depth details on hepatocellular carcinoma, including answers to:

  • How is hepatocellular carcinoma diagnosed?
  • What is the best treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma?
  • What is the latest research on hepatocellular carcinoma?
  • What is the long-term outlook for children with hepatocellular carcinoma?